Suspect plays `Dating Game' video in California murder trial

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A California man acting as his own lawyer in a case charging him with five murders has shown a clip of himself as a winning contestant on "The Dating Game" to prove his innocence in one killing.

Rodney James Alcala showed the September 1978 program in court Tuesday.

It showed him wearing two gold ball earrings in his left ear months before 12-year-old Robin Samsoe was killed.

Prosecutors say gold ball earrings found after the killing in a Alcala's storage locker had belonged to Samsoe. But Alcala insists he bought the earrings before Samsoe was killed.

Alcala has pleaded not guilty to killing Samsoe and four Los Angeles County women.

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